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What would Jane Austen say? Watch the gore-fuelled trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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We were all pretty much in disbelief when we discovered Pride and Prejudice was getting a remake (how could you possibly beat the 1995 BBC adaptation which gave us Colin Firth in that wet shirt, or even Keira Knightley as a pouting Elizabeth Bennet?)

But forget ambling round Georgian Bath and the delicate lacing of corsets, this latest adaptation is Austen like you’ve never seen it before; a film of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

The film’s official UK teaser trailer has been released, and we are surprised to find ourselves admitting that we can’t wait for it to be released.

Opening like a classic Austen adaptation, the trailer sees the Bennet sisters dancing and riding horses among their polite society friends, before the theme takes a dramatic turn and sees them…killing hordes of zombies in their Regency era dress (historical accuracy is key.)

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Starring Downton’s Lily James, 26, as Zombie-fighting Bennet, who whips knives from beneath her skirt and fights alongside her sisters in shots reminiscent of Taylor Swift’s girl squad, the film is sure to have something for all viewers. 

The film's stellar cast also includes stars Sam Riley as Mr Darcy, Douglas Booth as Mr Bingley, Matt Smith as Mr Collins and Suki Waterhouse as Kitty. 

Literary purists will definitely recoil at the thought of the 1813 romance being transformed into a comedic zombie-horror, we think there’s always a little fun to be had with literature.

Although, we suspect Ms. Austen will be turning in her grave at the very thought of it...

The film is due to be released in February 2016. Watch the trailer below.

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